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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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Neighbourhood: Inner Harbor
As featured in 3 Days in Baltimore and 2 other guides
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Address: 501 E Pratt St, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21202
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+1 410-576-3800
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10:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Considered one of the world's best aquariums, the National Aquarium's...

Considered one of the world's best aquariums, the National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world's natural resources and living systems. The National Aquarium delivers meaningful experiences through its living collection of more than 17,000 animals from more than 750 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals and sharks, as well as through exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences like sleepovers and tours, science-based education programs and hands-on experiences in the field.

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Benjamin Leonard

If you want to go to a cool aquarium the National aquarium in Baltimore is the place to go. It has a very interesting layout but causes a good flow. The shark tank is very... read more

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Elkridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you want to go to a cool aquarium the National aquarium in Baltimore is the place to go. It has a very interesting layout but causes a good flow. The shark tank is very unique in its cylinder shape but allows a good view for kids. The hands on tanks are cool also. Not sure about the bird part... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Aquarium has many different exhibitions, including tropical birds, Australian reptiles, jelly fish and dolphins. It is very beautifully presented, lots of interesting explanations, great for kids. I think that $40 entrance fee is much too much, and also the souvenirs in their shops are much too expensive.

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Clinton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great aquarium but its all about timing. Buy tickets ahead of time and try to get them for when they open, if you don't you make be waiting a while (especially on weekend). That is what we did and had a good experience, my kids loved seeing all the aquarium had to offer. It's a good size... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved our visit here, it's expensive for sure. It was actually almost cheaper to get the membership pricing then pay individually for everyone but the kids loved the exhibits and the staff was definitely helpful and kind. Loved the dolphins. All I can suggest is if you have a time in mind don't wait to buy your tickets at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You Can't bring a stroller, harbor area is pretty. I recommend going when it's not packed. Parking is expensive

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East Islip, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing aquarium! The exhibits are well planned out and easy to move from one to another. Staff is courteous and informative. Although a little pricey, well worth the price.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the national aquarium over the Presidents' Day weekend. We have visited this place several times since our twins were toddlers and they always had a terrific time. So we decided to visit again this year. To my shock, admission was $39.95 per person and limited to a certain time of the day! Ours was at 1:45 pm... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The aquarium is amazing. It's a bit expensive, but once you tour the place, you can understand why it would cost so much to maintain this wonderful facility. I was so impressed with the exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First I would recommend to get your tickets early online before you go. I waited 2 hours for a time slot to get into the Aquarium, after purchasing tickets at the window. I remember going before and there were no time, just purchase and go. I must say that I guess times have changed since last year. The Aquarium is... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Two adults two kids for $129.99 to see tiny fish and a few sharks and a 15-minute dolphin show. Sorry not worth it. The place was packed with people full of germs

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Corinne W, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, Baltimore, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. I’m truly disappointed to hear you were not wowed by your visit with us. It is our aim to provide family-friendly, educational fun via our daily interactive experiences and opportunities to learn more about the 20,000 animals in our care. While we can become quite busy on weekends, we do use a timed... More 

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